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Dan Rather is a Pathetic Man

CBS’ 60 Minutes II aired a story this week that reported there were new memos obtained from the files of George Bush’s now deceased former commander. The day after the show aired the memos were scrutinized and many experts believed them to be forgeries. I will not bore you with why, you can read all about that at Blogs for Bush. When this scrutiny surfaced, Rather stated that if there was evidence to show them as fake he would go on the air and say so. During this controversy, Pat Caddell stated that if these are found to be false the presidential race is over.
Rather did the CBS Evening News today and stated the documents were real. He based this assertion on the testimony of one expert in document analysis and the words of a former member of Bush’s Guard Unit. He did not ask the widow or son of the commander, both of whom claimed that this would be out of character for the man and that he spoke highly of George Bush. He did not have other document experts on who could debate the veracity of the memos. He did not address the claims about how memos reportedly from the 70’s looked like they were produced with technology from well after that time period. No, Dan did not do any real investigative reporting like CBS use to be known for.
This was part of the agenda. Rather could not show in any way, shape, or form, that these were phony because it might mean curtains for Kerry. This would be contrary to everything he and the rest of the media wing of the democratic party stand for. What a pathetic man he has become. Of course, Rather has jumped the gun before and as usual he does not let facts get in the way of a story that pushes his agenda.
Yes, Dan Rather is pathetic and he has lost what little credibility he had.

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We Don’t Exploit Our Dead, We Honor Them

As everyone knows by now, the death toll in the war on terror has surpassed 1000 with regard to members of the military. We were well over 1000 dead on 9-11, but of course that goes unreported. Now we see that several newspapers have printed thumbnail pictures of all the service members killed in the Global War on Terror (GWOT). This is an election year and the stakes are high. The race is tight and the nation is divided. So what does the media wing of the democratic party do? They publish the pictures of our war dead. Now I know that there are many who would look at this as an honor paid to our troops. I would agree if the pictures were posted as they died. It is obvious to me that the media wing is trying to sway public opinion against the war and the president. They are shamelessly exploiting the heroes of this war to push a political agenda. There was so much outcry when George Bush used pictures of the aftermath of 9-11 early in the campaign. This was viewed as exploitive. Where are those same people now? Why are they not decrying the media’s obvious attempt to use our gallant service members who have paid the ultimate price and their families who have sacrificed so much in this war?
This is a blatant attempt to place dead service members in the consciousness of Americans and edge them toward voting for John Kerry. I think this is so vile it is beyond contempt. You do not see the pictures of the greater than 3000 people who were killed on 9-11 plastered all over the papers, now do you? And why? Because this would be viewed, and rightly so, as crass and contemptible.
I am glad that the right has taken the high road and avoided bringing pain to those who have suffered the most.
Isn’t it amazing? Over 30 years ago John Kerry disgraced our service members upon his return from Vietnam (he was there, in case you haven’t heard). Now, the media wing of the democratic party is doing the same thing hero John did, using our troops to further a political agenda.
May the souls of the men and women who have paid such a high price in this war rest in peace. I know they sit at the right hand of the Father and he is pleased with their work.

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Oops, I Flip-Flopped Again

It would seem that John Kerry, Vietnam vet, has flip-flopped again. He is now flip-flopping so much he looks like a fish out of water. First, he voted for the No child Left Behind Act. That was a good thing. Then, when he was on the primary trail, he denounced No Child Left Behind

Kerr said that Kerry and other legislators were “fooled” by the Bush plan and
its goals to make teachers more accountable and improve school quality, but
“they now know that these things will never be delivered.”

And this was stated by Rep Mary Bono R-Palm Springs:

“John Kerry was right when he voted for the No Child Left Behind Act, but he is
wrong to criticize it now that election year politics has taken precedence over
strengthening education,” Bono said. “It is unfortunate that John Kerry has
spent the last few days in California attacking strong legislation that he once
enthusiastically supported.

Now look at what Wes Clark had to say with reference to Kerry:

Yet, two years ago, both Senator Kerry and Senator Edwards voted for the
legislation. In fact, after he voted for it, John Kerry said the bill was
“welcome news to reformers.” Edwards hailed the legislation, claiming it
“maintains states’ commitment to high achievement for all students.”

Two
years later, Kerry has conveniently changed his tune. Now, his campaign is
criticizing President Bush for failing on education and for signing the No Child
Left Behind Act, saying, “George Bush has undermined public education and left
millions of children behind.”

Now I don’t necessarily agree with what In General Clark said about No Child Left Behind, but it is clear he is accusing Kerry of Flip-flopping. But this is old news, let’s see what Kerry has stated recently

It was wrong for America to go it alone. And now every American is paying the
price. Almost all the casualties are the sons and daughters of America. And
nearly 90 percent of the cost is coming out of your pocket. The price-tag so
far: $200 billion and rising every day. That’s $200 billion we’re not investing
in health care and education That’s $200 billion we’re not investing to make
sure no child is left behind……

Now maybe it is just me, but it sure seems like Kerry is saying we should have spent this money on No Child Left Behind. Now, he wants us to believe that he would spend this money on the children. He was for it, then against it, then for it, then against it, now he is for it? Or is he using the children to further his political agenda. You see, when he wants you to think he cares, he is for it and when he is talking to the teacher’s union he is against it. He switches positions depending on which way the wind blows. Perhaps that is why he likes windsurfing so much!

You be the judges my friends but I think we have this man in another Flip-flop.

I wonder what his wedding vows were like? I do, no wait, I don’t, no hold on, I do, no wait a minute………

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Update on Deceived

I was contacted by Tom Johnson and he was quite a gentleman. It appears that there was a bit of communication with regard to my post. Mr. Johnson did indeed use clandestine means to seek information but he did not get a response. My email did not contain the specifics. I have since forwarded him the information he was seeking and he was quite nice about the whole mess. He stated that the reps and dems needed to trust each other. I believe that is true, we are not the politicians so why would we need to have a mistrust of each other. We all want what we feel is best for America, we just have different ideas about what is best. I think I can place Mr. Johnson on the good guy list and we can put all this behind us.
You might want to visit his site at FunctionalAmbivalent.com
Have a safe and happy holiday.

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Deceived Again

Folks, it appears I have been the victim of deceit again. It was not bad enough that moron Mike Hersh screwed with me, now some guy named Tom Johnson (if that is indeed a real name) has deceived me. You see I published a post at Blogs for Bush where I used “evil Bush Regime” in a blog about John Kerry. The quotes made it look like a direct quote from Kerry though my intention was to place emphasis on the words and, as I will show later, draw attention to Kerry’s comment about regime change in America and his wife’s Asses of evil buttons.
Well, this Johnson guy writes to Matt Margolis at blogs for bush and asks where I got this quote because he wants to use it and can’t find it attributed to Kerry anywhere. I responded with my answer detailing what I described above. While searching the internet I found this post at a site:
And Then President Bush Said, “Let’s Go Kill Some Puppies!”
My friends over at Blogs for Bush are at it again:
John Kerry, the heir apparent to Camelot, has made a great deal about his plans to take America back from “the evil Bush regime”. Anyone out there remember Kerry referring to “the evil Bush regime”? See, it’s in quotes so it has to be something he said, right? But I’ve Googled and Yahooed and can’t figure out when he said it.
I know: I’ll email Blogs for Bush and ask for a citation. I’m sure they’ll be politely cooperative. I’ll keep you informed.
UPDATE: I just sent an email to Matt Margolis, the guy who owns and operates Blogs for Bush. Here’s what I said:
In Jim Gerkin’s interesting piece about Kerry’s website, he quotes Kerry as referring to “the evil Bush regime.” I like the quote and want to use it in something I’m writing, but can’t find it cited anywhere. Can oyu please ask Jim where he found it?Pretty clever, huh? I especially like the typo, which makes it look like an amateur efofrt. I’ll let you know when I hear from Matt. I’m sure it will be right away.
UPDATE: Two days later, still waiting.

I did in fact respond to the email and sent it to Matt. I then, emailed Mr. Johnson to inform him of the information and to apologize for any misunderstanding. All the while, this guy was perpetrating a fraud.
Here is the text of the email I sent back:
I did not intend to attribute a direct quote to John Kerry but indirectly to his wife’s “asses of evil comments.” I was also alluding to Kerry’s regime change comment by placing emphasis on those words. If you remember Bush’s address to the nation where he talked about the Axis of Evil. He also said this about Iraq:
The dictator who is assembling the world’s most dangerous weapons has already used them on whole villages — leaving thousands of his own citizens dead, blind, or disfigured. Iraqi refugees tell us how forced confessions are obtained — by torturing children while their parents are made to watch. International human rights groups have catalogued other methods used in the torture chambers of Iraq: electric shock, burning with hot irons, dripping acid on the skin, mutilation with electric drills, cutting out tongues, and rape. If this is not evil, then evil has no meaning. (Applause.)
And tonight I have a message for the brave and oppressed people of Iraq: Your enemy is not surrounding your country — your enemy is ruling your country. (Applause.) And the day he and his regime are removed from power will be the day of your liberation. (Applause.)
Kerry, used this during the primaries:
What we need now is not just a regime change in Saddam Hussein and Iraq, but we need a regime change in the United States
To me this was Kerry’s veiled way of saying, without actually saying, that the Bush administration is as evil as Saddam’s regime.
And of course we know what Traza said about the Asses of Evil (pretty ladylike)
In addition, this was from the Kerry web site:
The Bush campaign panned Kerry’s proposals yesterday, tapping Senate majority leader Bill Frist and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes to assail the Democrat’s approaches to taxes. Frist accused Kerry of “hypocrisy” for backing corporate tax cuts, saying Kerry does not have a record of aiding corporations, while Forbes derided the plan as a “bonanza for K Street Washington lawyers” because it was overly complicated. At a union headquarters rally in Warren last night, Kerry drew praise from Michigan Democratic leaders such as US Representative John Dingell, who — in the sort of rhetoric that Kerry tries to avoid — called on the senator to oust “the evil Republicans” from Washington
When I proof read my work I missed the fact that the quote appears attributed directly to Kerry when in fact I merely wanted to allude to his veiled message and her outright assertion. Therefore, I am sorry to report that I can not give a reference for a direct quote. I am sorry for the confusion.
Jim

I believe this was a fair explanation. I have never heard from this Johnson guy who signed his email:
Tom Johnson Louisville,
Kentucky Solid Bush Country
His email is Johnson1723@aol.com

I took this person at face value because, after 24 years in the Army that is what an NCO does. He takes a man at his word because good soldiers don’t lie to each other. I should know that you can not expect this code of honor to apply to the civilian population, but I expect a man’s word to be his bond.
It does not completely surprise me that someone who espouses the principles of the left would do this. But I do wish he had been man enough to just ask honestly. Maybe he learned that from John Kerry, seeing how honest he has been.
Vote for George Bush

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